All-Minnesotan squad puts in solid first tournament at Nebraska Invitational

first_imgGeatz’s son, D.J. Geatz, played in the No. 1 spot for the Gophers against Iowa, and he said he welcomed the chance – and the result.“That was nice to send a message to the Big Ten,” D.J. Geatz said. “It’s always good to whoop up on the Hawkeyes. And there’s no way I’ll be playing No. 1 during the year, so it was nice to get that opportunity.”Coach Geatz said his “most valuable player” award for the tournament was going to sophomore Brian Lipinski of Winona, Minn. Lipinski went 4-0 in singles over the weekend, including a relatively easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Nebraska’s Adrian Szatmary. Szatmary is ranked No. 115 in Division I singles, and he competed in the 2003 Australian Open.“I didn’t really know a lot about him,” Lipinski said. “I was kind of swinging optimistic. I think I was just a little more aggressive than he was, and I was catching a few more short balls.”As for the number of Minnesotans in the lineup, D.J. Geatz said it was a welcomed change from what he’s used to seeing on his father’s teams.“The teams always had some Minnesota guys, but they’re usually on the bench,” D.J. Geatz said. “It’s cool to have a lot of Minnesota guys on the team that are able to go out and win.” All-Minnesotan squad puts in solid first tournament at Nebraska InvitationalThe Gophers won their first dual 7-0 over Iowa despite injuries and without Avery Ticer and Andres Osorio. Mike MullenSeptember 27, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMidway through Saturday’s action at the Nebraska Invitational, Minnesota men’s tennis coach David Geatz looked around at the players he had on court and noticed something that made him stop.They were all from Minnesota.“I thought, ‘My gosh, I can’t remember the last time we fielded a team entirely from Minnesota,’ ” said Geatz, who has coached the Gophers since 1988. “Obviously, we have a lot of good players from Minnesota. But that was still a bit surprising.”The all-Minnesotan squad – which tied 3-3 against Nebraska and Denver – was the result of injuries and the team’s leaving Avery Ticer and Andres Osorio at home.The three-day event ran under a “hidden dual” format, with teams playing one another in a round robin. But as the team season does not begin until January, only individual records and rankings will be affected.Minnesota began the tournament on a high note, posting a perfect 7-0 singles score over Iowa.“That was a great way to start,” Geatz said. “Especially since Iowa was fielding a full team.”last_img read more

Homer Simpson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

first_img Related FOX(NEW YORK) — The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, will feature a very familiar face during its Hall of Fame Classic Weekend on May 27: none other than Homer Jay Simpson.The Hall of Fame announced that to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the classic Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” — which had Mr. Burns staffing a company softball team with ringers including Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, José Canseco, Ken Griffey, Jr., Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs — Homer will be inducted into the hallowed hall.The episode not only ended with Homer winning the game with a run scored when he was drilled by a pitch, but it was chock-full of classic moments like Springfield’s Police Chief Wiggum arresting Sax for every unsolved crime in New York City, Bart and Lisa heckling Strawberry to tears, and Smith condemned to an eternity of falling through the wondrous Springfield Mystery Spot.It also featured Terry Cashman spoofing his own hit “Willie, Mickey, and the Duke (Talkin’ Baseball)” with the episode recapping “Talkin’ Softball.”The commemoration will feature the unveiling of memorabilia from the show, and a roundtable with Boggs and Smith, as well as the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, and casting director Bonnie Pietila.“The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a statement.“Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries,” he added. “[And] The Simpsons is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more